Virginia State to Name Makola Abdullah President

Virginia State University will name Bethune-Cookman Provost and Academic Officer Makola M. Abdullah as its next president Friday.

Abdullah, a Chicago native, succeeds interim President Pamela Hammond at the historically Black university in Petersburg, Va., and is expected to take office on Feb. 1. Hammond took over as president when Keith Miller resigned last December.

Abdullah received his bachelor’s from Howard University and his master’s and doctorate from Northwestern University. He previously had served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Florida Memorial University.